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About Afghan Kebab House

Welcome to Afghan Kebab House!

Afghan Kebab House has consistently provided delicious and traditional Afghan food for over 20 years in the Upper East Side. Given that we are a neighborhood mainstay, our guests will always feel welcome and our staff will accommodate any of your dining needs.

Our chef, Izmar Rouzyi has been cooking mouth watering kebabs and other traditional Afghan dishes throughout the years, since the restaurant first opened. Please join us for an unforgettable meal. We will make sure you leave full, happy and satisfied!

1345 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10021
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Afghan

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:
Monday - Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Dinner:
Monday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Sunday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Cross Street:
71st

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 517-2776

Catering:
We can provide catering for parties up to 50 people. Call us for details.

Executive Chef:
Izmir Rouzyi

Additional:
BYO Liquor, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Afghan Kebab House Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.3

ambience

3.8

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Romantic (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Met the owner who made us a dish not on his menu. I had this dish before at Steve Jobs biological father’s restaurant in Sunny Vale CA call kaddo bourani which is a savory pumpkin on ground beef topped with yogurt sauce. He’d never made it before and made it with out the added sugar in the typical calling as he used pumpkin for regular kaddo. Not bad and not what I’d had before. But a nice jester anyway. He’d didn’t charge us for the one-off dish, but I did gobble it up.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I visited this establishment for the second time. The first look of this place is a dim and dated restaurant on the east side which looks fairly Mediterranean. the décor is a reminiscence of a bygone era in a different world which is a start contrast to New York. The host is this fine gentleman who is very polite and kind which leaves us guessing if this place has passed its prime or they don't really care for any updates and are more concerned with the real thing ( food).

I ordered the sambosa along with the chicken korma and also the marinated lamb chops (yes I have an appetite!!). The sambosa was amazing with just the right balance. While the taste was bang on the buck and comparable to my experiences elsewhere, the fact that it wasn't oily and juicy left me positively surprised. The lamb chops were a bit dry for my liking and a mildly spicy onion gravy on the side with the dish will be great addition. But what got me back to this establishment was the chicken korma. This is not a fancy dine in experience, but the chicken korma reminded me of the real thing I used to have back at home made by my grandmother. Its comfort food and hits the spot. Lack of drink options (non alcoholic ones as well like the jalaab) leave room for some improvement but the place does justice to what it serves.

This is a place to sit with a friend and have a comfort food or dine with a nice book.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

An absolute gem! Tasty, affordable food in a very cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Yum, yum, yum. Food is delicious especially the lamb with pistachios and orange peel, and the beef or lamb kefka. They don't serve alcohol but will allow you to bring wine at no charge which for me is a plus. Service is attentive without being obtrusive and the ambiance is more than adequate. What a gem of the upper east side.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Great food. Quiet and quaint so conversations can be had. BYO with no corkage fee.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

I would not dine here again. The kitchen workers used bare hands and were sweating. Their clothes were soiled and I could see the flesh of their stomach. Then the food was not as good as I would have hoped. The chicken seemed microwaved instead of prepared fresh.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great Middle Eastern food almost like a fusion of Turkish and Indian. Comfortable space and service nothing fancy but adequate. Combination Kabob was excellent. Basic salad was disappointing- like plain diner offering- iceberg, cucumbers, tasteless tomatoes. Eggplant side was excellent. Will be back often for everyday great value food.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The food here was delicious and our server, who I believe is also the co-owner, was very helpful and attentive. They do not serve alcohol here but you're encouraged to visit the wine shop next door to pick up a bottle.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Great Family run place! Food is always good and quick

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

I live nearby and always enjoy going here.
Good value. I can hear my friends when they talk. Usually very quiet here. Overall, good value and a good experience.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Have lived in neighborhood for years and never been..have passed by it a million times. So glad we went in on Saturday night. The owner does all the work and he was lovely. Food was delicious, hot and great portions. We will return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2017

This is a favorite in our neighborhood (UES). The food is outstanding & the warmth of the owner makes our experience all the better. BYOB keeps the prices down & it's the first place we think of when friends & family come in for dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Very tasty. What is better than a delicious lamb kebab and rice with delicious spicy sauces? Really good. The scallion dumplings topped with yogurt and beef were delicious. Very different. This place is bring your own beer or wine. There is Whiskey and Wine on 69 one block down 2nd Ave. I really enjoyed this place and I will most definitely go back. Strange, I've passed it for years and never went in, but always wanted to and glad I did.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Always friendly. Always authentic. Small, intimate. Must bring own beer or wine.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Food and ambiance was excellent, never had afghan food and found it delicious. Service was wonderful

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Very good food and good people. Very quiet we can speak together.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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 (Key West)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Most excellent Afghan food. As you enter the door, the aroma sets the tone. We had reserved a table and were thankful since it was PACKED. It was my birthday and we were given the best table in the front window. While my husband ran next door for a bottle of red wine, I ordered out appetizers. What a great start. The entrees were generous and excellent (I can't use that word too much). We were stuffed and passed on desert, but a piece of chocolate cake was brought out and everyone sang happy birthday. Wonderful evening

Tags: Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Outstanding Value, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Delicious food and service! Highly recommend!
The combo kebaab and pumpkin filled bulanee are must haves!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2017

Amazing food, service, and great value! Very cozy neighborhood spot.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Excellent food, excellent value, highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Service was very slow

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2016

One of our favorites restaurants. Great place to introduce a new cuisine to friends. Very friendly and accommodating owner/head waiter. Small, intimate (the restaurant, not the owner). Afghan food is a variety of more familiar Middle Eastern food. Great kabobs, lots of lamb, wonderful appetizers. Bring your own beer or wine (corkage, glasses free). Highly recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2016

The food was excellent. The server was friendly, although clearly overwhelmed as his dining room help had a family emergency and had to leave early. Even though the server was working alone, he was still friendly and made excellent recommendations for us.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2016

what a great find! my chicken shish-kebab was the best I've ever eaten - mainly because the chicken itself was of such high quality - moist and tender. Most interesting (and yummy) pumpkin dumplings to start. Winos, be advised, bring your own bottle, as they do not serve alcohol. I"ll be back!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2016

The food has always been wonderful - I've been going to AKH for over 20 years. But the place is looking pretty tired. Given how inexpensive the food is, I'm not too surprised if they can't afford to fix it up. I hope once the subway is finished, they will do a major re-do.
The BYOB policy is really nice - not too many of those around anymore.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2016

The food is delicious, does not disappoint. The service was friendly. It was a pleasant dining experience. BYOB is an added bonus!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Yes, the Kabab House is located in the midst of the 2nd Avenue Subway construction zone, but the interior design assumes that the lovely carpet hangings will hide the shabby and run down feeling with a restaurant in need of a paint job and a new HVAC system --- just look at the make-shift a/c ducts on the ceiling. But service was friendly (a bit slow), and the portions tasty and plentiful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2016

The food was absolutely great and the owner is friendly

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2016

This restaurant has an intimate and authentic ambiance. The dishes we tried were all prepared in a manner that allowed the delicious flavors of the ingredients to come through cleanly. We had a delightful meal.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2015

Friends from Canada were in to watch their son run the marathon and we chose Afghan Kebab House mainly due to its proximity to where they were staying. What a treat the food was very good and we were able to have a normal conversation as the noise level was quite low. We started with the combination appetizer plate, which was a choice of any 4 appetizers, all conveniently cut into 4 pieces! Very good!! Salad was ordinary, but included in the dinner, so appreciated. We had the tandoori chicken kebabs, lamb kebabs, tandoori shrimp and tandoori fish. All were extremely tasty. The rice served with the meals was outstanding! The green sauce is to die for - a must try. I did not try the brown sauce, which is apparently quite spicy, but others did and said it too was great. BYOB and no corkage charge is another plus. We were served by the owner, who is very hospitable - as I think he also is the cook, service was a bit slow. But meals arrived hot and well prepared. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a casual, interesting meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 27, 2015

We visited the Afghan Kebab House as we saw the menu online and figured there was enough on it for all our four kids to eat. I wasn't expecting much when I saw the outside of the place but we gradually fell in love with the restaurant as the dinner progressed. The food was really good, all the kids found something they liked to eat (always a miracle!), and the atmosphere was low-key but friendly. Its not the fastest service but speed was not what we needed so it didn't matter. And the owner was so kind and attentive that it made the evening seem special. We will definitely visit again and highly recommend it for families.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2015

Somehow, I stumbled upon The Afghan Kebab house & it has been a favorite ever since. It's a BYOB so that softens the financial blow of dining out all the time. The food is as close to feeling like it's literally home cooked. The people are warm & its cave-like ambiance is just really cool!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 19, 2015

Came here with my parents on a Wednesday night. Great food, friendly owner. Apparently it's BYOB, which we didn't know, but will for next time! Not sure if there's a corkage fee.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2015

Small, ten table restaurant with some of the most solid food, insanely delicious sauces, and unique ambiance. Total gem.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2015

I arrived for a dinner, and I was happy to see how nice the place looked! Not a lot of diners the night I went, however the food was amazing, and the staff were super friendly. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2015

We've been going to this small neighborhood restaurant for years & have never had a bad meal. We've brought family & friends & they, too, love it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2014

Delicious food. Prompt and cordial service. Surprising low prices.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2014

I booked this restaurant because we were looking for some afghani food in the upper east side. We would frequent the location in Astoria, but when we moved to the city the commute was too much. We loved the food there. And thought we would expect the same for the location in the city. Here are a few issues we had with the place.

1. The prices listed on the open table menu are not the same as when you go and dine in the restaurant. You would expect it to be more expensive since you are in the city, but the these are a little ridiculous.

2. The beef is very dry and bland but the lamb is a good choice. However, for the money, the portions are extremely small.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2014

The Afghan owner was friendly and very welcoming. They made great home made sauces. The food was good and the ambience was pleasant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 12, 2014

We enjoyed the vegetarian dishes and the fact that the restaurant is a short distance from where we live, makes it a convenient place to enjoy a meal.

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